Jedburgh Abbey Image Gallery
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Jedburgh Abbey, Glass Artist Residencies
in partnership with Historic Scotland and Education Scotland
After a successful artist in residence pilot at Stirling Castle in 2011, Historic Scotland and Education Scotland partnered to develop further residences across Scotland. CABN worked with partners to develop residencies at Jedburgh Abbey where the artform focus was glass. A lead artist was supported by the agency ‘Culture Matters’, with funding from Historic Scotland in conjunction with Education Scotland. CABN supported two additional glass artists – Rachel O’Dell and Amy Neville - who would be mentored through the project, but also be experienced in and required to deliver community engagement workshops. The national project manager for the scheme selected glass as the medium for this particular site due to ‘the voids left by lost stained glass windows in the abbey – what a mighty building it is, an astounding presence in the town’.
The appointed Lead Artist, Inge Panneels, was concerned with using mapping techniques and visuals to create new work inspired by the geography and location of the Abbey. The residency offered the additional artists the opportunity to spend two days a week with target groups, and three further days occupied with a mixture of interaction with members of the public and personal time spent on developing new work in relation to the site.
Reflections on the Residency:
Amy Neville “I have learned a lot about different glass working techniques and what I have learned so far I am applying to my new work and am planning new pieces which will incorporate my new found skills. Before this residency I hadn’t produced work based on research about a particular place, it’s people, history and plants, which I find very interesting. During January to April I didn’t manage to spend as much time as I had hoped developing my art as other project factors used more time than anticipated. However, my knowledge spent through time researching has been enriching and feeding my artwork. The time was extremely valuable and precious to me ….There is to be an exhibition of the residency work in 2013 at Jedburgh Abbey. I produced approximately thirty finished pieces of work in connection with the residency. I spent the time researching and developing ideas relating to the plants which would have grown in the cloister garden, medieval glass and plant illustrations. I am still drawing inspiration now from this research and will continue to do so for some time.”
Rachel O’Dell “This was the first time I had used a physical place and its history directly as a starting point for a body of work. It was a challenge to my working process to try to find a connection in a place I wouldn’t normally have chosen and this helped to extend my thinking in where inspiration may come from – whether something tangible or a philosophy or viewpoint. It made me question how to remain true to my own artistic voice and material yet find something within the space and context that I felt I could encapsulate and bring to the fore.
As for being able to work in the space, this was difficult in terms of the balance between the time demands of the community work …and the scope for a clear run of time focusing on the residency ideas. An idea and a prototype were completed.
The move of the exhibition date to 2013 means that there is time to make a body of work which may bring a sense of closure and achievement.”